Premier public housing complete; ready for residents
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Feb 16, 2014 | 866 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Hhousing Authority is ready for residents to move into its new premier townhouses on Clemmer and Baugh streets.

“We can move them in immediately. There is a total of 26 units. There will be little or no wait,” Housing Authority director Paul Dellinger said.

Unlike other public housing offerings, these townhouses have a minimum income requirement.

The director said it was “a great feeling” to see the completed townhouses.

“I’m excited for the families that are going to end up living here. It a great property, a great location,” Dellinger said. “It’s a great example of how the housing authority is meeting its mission to address the housing needs for all the citizens of Cleveland.”

Dellinger said a family must have an income level of at least 50 percent of the area median income for Cleveland for their family size.

For example, a two-person family would be required to have an income level of at least $20,750. Specific income requirements can be obtained by contacting the Cleveland Housing Authority. The median family income for Cleveland is $53,700.

Each two-bedroom apartment features central heat and air, a dishwasher and washer and dryer hook up. Washers and dryers are not included appliances with these townhouses.

While many applications have been received, Dellinger said, few actually meet the income requirements for the location

The new townhouses are ideal for people who are working.

Families where the head of house applicant meets the Department of Housing and Urban Development definition of elderly or disabled can also apply, if they meet the income requirements.

Dellinger said for a family to qualify as elderly the head of the household must be 62 or older. Background checks are run on all applicants.

Other requirements to apply include agreeing to an inspection of current living arraignments and a follow-up inspection if an applicant moves into the townhouses. Residents will also be responsible for utility costs.

Dellinger said an application is available on the housing authorities website at http://www.clevelandhousingauthority.com.

With one major project complete., Dellinger is turning his attention to developing a plan to fund renovations at Lay and Elrod streets.

Dellinger said the project will be done in phases. The first step will be the demolition of three buildings to open space for a green space and DreamCourt at the location.

Dellinger said Montessori Kinder and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland will be involved in the project.

Renovations of the exterior of the housing units will then be made.